The Smiths will never reunite, Morrissey’s almost just as hard to see live these days, and Johnny Marr’s off doing his own thing. Still, that hasn’t stopped new recordings from surfacing. As NME points out, there’s now a rare, early demo of the band’s recordings, dubbed The Pablo Cuckoo Tape, which not only dates back to 1983 (pre-dating their 1984 self-titled release), but has been endorsed by former drummer Mike Joyce.
“A fan of The Smiths? An early recording you’ve probably never heard before,” Joyce wrote on his Twitter account. “It was recorded on a cassette player lying on the floor in the rehearsal room.”
So how’d it end up on YouTube?
“I was lent the master cassette by a source close to the band who made the recording, let’s call him Pablo Cuckoo in 1997 with a view of trying to put it out as a semi-official release,” the YouTube user writes. “As it was recorded before the band had signed to Rough Trade, technically he had the rights to the recording. But a combination of poor sound quality and threats from Warner Bros meant that the idea was shelved.”
Stream the tape below. While you’re listening, perhaps you’ll wanna read some bizarre quotes by Moz himself. Our treat, of course.
The Pablo Cuckoo Tape Tracklist:
01. You’ve Got Everything Now
02. Accept Yourself
03. What Difference Does It Make?
04. Reel Around The Fountain
04. These Things Take Time
05. I Don’t Owe You Anything
06. Hand In Glove
07. Handsome Devil
08. Miserable Lie